Community Initiatives

1,000 Days
Funder: 1,000 Days 
Project Time Period: 2018-Present

Project Category: Health/Advocacy/Formative Evaluation

About 1,000 Days: 1,000 Days is the leading nonprofit organization working in the U.S. and around the world to improve nutrition and ensure women and children have the healthiest first 1,000 days.

The Work: MAI is conducting a prospective longitudinal case study design following a sample of low-wage working women from their third trimester through the infant’s first six months of life. This case study will expand the body of research about how leave policies influence the well-being of low-wage mothers and their infants; will explore the barriers and facilitators to good health and well-being among low-wage working women and their infants; and give voice to women navigating low-wage employment and new motherhood by making connections between their challenges and the need for equitable leave policies.